Since teams accomplish much of their work in meetings, it is important that the meetings run as effectively and efficiently as possible. An effective meeting starts on time, because people value the time of other team members. It is timed to ensure optimum concentration by members—a maximum of ninety minutes is about right. A meeting should begin with a clear statement of the problem, issue, or objective, and discussion begins only when it is clear that every participant understands the meeting’s purpose and what it is to accomplish. When possible, information that will help members generate solutions and ...

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